NOW AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDER from SIBLING RIVALRY PRESS Jane Cassady’s “For the Comfort of Automated Phrases”

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For the Comfort of Automated Phrases
by Jane Cassady 

Author Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Featuring Cover Art by Amy Lawson
Release Date: July 17, 2012

$14.95; ISBN: 978-1937420-17-8
6 x 9 Perfect-Bound Paperback; 76 Pages 

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For the Comfort of Automated Phrases is a bottle of wine on a blanket in the park. It’s a night on the couch with your girlfriend, your boyfriend … or both of them. It’s making soup for a friend with a sick child. It’s the beautiful unpretentious. At its heart, this is a book of love poems written starry-eyed to board games and geography, to pop culture and pop music, to nephews and cats and cities and singers. Cassady’s full-length debut is the poetic equivalent of a mix tape – one you’ll keep rewinding and replaying – one that could easily be the soundtrack to your life.


“In this dance, I’m running toward you.”  For the Comfort of Automated Phrases contains some of the best cautionary poetry since Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. To live with an open heart is dangerous and she wants us to know the risks.”–Brendan Constantine, author of Birthday Girl with Possum

“Jane Cassady is the voice of the details that make life ducky, scary, and curious. For the Comfort of Automated Phrases fine tunes moments and fears to the point that they are at once deeply personal and completely universal. It’s a map of places so specifically everywhere, of people that everyone knows, of those deep worries of every heart. These poems read you like an open book.”–Shanny Jean Maney, author of I Love Science!


Jane Cassady probably wants to hug you. She writes “Poetic License Horoscopes” for Sibling Rivalry Press, The Legendary, and Critical Mass, the Philadelphia City Paper’s arts and culture blog. Her poems “In 1992,” “Almost Immediately,” “It Got Better” and “For the Comfort of Automated Phrases” can be heard on Indiefeed: Performance Poetry. She has been featured in decomP, The Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Lavender Review, and other journals. She has performed at such venues as LouderArts in New York City, Valley Contemporary Poets in Los Angeles, and The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago. She also writes a blog about happiness, love, and pop-culture called  The Serotonin Factory.


Located just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, Sibling Rivalry Press develops, publishes, and promotes outlaw artistic talent. Our aim is to cultivate literary and poetic rock stars. We are also home to Assaracus, one of Library Journal‘s Best New Magazines.


Also from Sibling Rivalry Press: Tyler Gillespie’s Dirty Socks and Pine Needles: An SRP eBook Single. Says Franki Elliot, author of Piano Rats, “Gillespie elegantly uses his storytelling to weave his strange, off-kilter childhood memories into a collection of melancholic beauty. Gillespie’s stories are brave, honest, and seamlessly told with an innocence that has the ability to unlock the dark memories most have buried in their consciousness. There is no better talent than turning heartache into beauty.” Available from Amazon’s Kindle Store or in all eBook formats directly from Sibling Rivalry Press.

Sibling Rivalry Press welcomes a new Associate Editor, Seth Pennington, to the family. Seth is a rising senior at the University of Arkansas Little Rock where he majors in Creative Writing. We’re also excited to announce we’ll be the publishing home of two names familiar to Assaracus readers, Christopher Gaskins and Robert Siek, who will each publish a full-length book of poetry with SRP in 2013.